Writing Lecturers Present at the World-Ecology Research Network

August 03 2017
Category: Faculty

Dr. Erin Riddle  Dr. Minjeong Kim

Writing lecturers Dr. Erin Riddle and Dr. Minjeong Kim recently presented at the third annual conference of the World-Ecology Research Network in Binghamton, New York. This year’s conference was titled, “Women, Nature, and Colonies: Power, Reproduction, and Unpaid Work/Energy in the Capitalist World-Ecology.”

In following this theme, Dr. Riddle’s paper, “Marketing the Subaltern (in Translation): Rigoberta Menchú’s Testimonio as a Cultural Commodity,” argued that Menchú’s Testimonio, and the resulting criticism and discourse about the text and genre, serve as a “scene of translation” where conflicting goals of subaltern studies and the publishing industry intersect. More specifically, the English translation of Menchú’s narrative illustrates the impossibility for the subaltern to “speak” to an audience that is part of a dominant capitalist system that ultimately reconstructs and reduces her to a “native informant.”

Dr. Kim’s paper titled, “Eating Its Own Tail: Feminism in E. M. Forster’s A Room with a View,” examined the shrinking feminist vision in E. M. Forster’s 1908 novel A Room With a View. She argued that the novel fails to deliver its initial feminist promises, as it shifts focus from a critique of social structure that inhibits women’s development to a pursuit of an individual woman’s success strategies within the patriarchal status quo.

The World-Ecology Network is a global community of scholars and activists committed to the study of historical change — including the history of present — as if nature matters. Moving beyond the fragmentation of the world into “Nature” and “Society,” the Network pursue analyses of historical change that take human organizations as producers and products of the web of life.